During our 2011-2012 shipment season MedPLUS Connect sent a total of 5 containers to the Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions. With these five containers and the help from our wonderful partners at MedWish International and Missionary Expediters, we shipped a total of 73,429 pounds, 197,721 examination and surgical gloves, and 69 hospital beds.
This year also marked the beginning of “regional shipments.” With these shipments we work with the Regional Health Directorate in Ghana to build containers of supplies requested by many different hospitals and health centers in that region. The greatest benefit of sending a regional shipment is our ability to reach small rural health centers and clinics. With the provision of much needed medical supplies and equipment these clinics are able to expand into primary providers which helps eliminate the long commutes that sick patients often have to make to receive care. In 2012 we were able to send two regional containers to the Northern Region and one regional container to the Upper East. We also expanded our partner hospitals to include Tumu District Hospital in the Upper West and Bole District Hospital in the Northern Region.
The regional shipments were so successful last year that we are sending two more regional containers in 2013! One will go to the Northern Region and one to the Upper East Region. We will also continue to expand by sending three containers to new hospitals in the Upper West and Upper East Regions. Last year saw much progress for MedPLUS Connect and we are very excited for this upcoming year!